Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp tore into his players after a team studded with internationals was beaten 4-2 by third-division Milton Keynes Dons in the FA Cup fourth round.
The home defeat against League One MK Dons brought further misery to a club whose Premier League status is already in serious jeopardy with the side five points from safety at the foot of the English top flight.
With half an eye on the visit of champions Manchester City in the league tomorrow, Redknapp made nine changes to his starting line-up, but his side were left reeling by a team ranked 31 places below them.
Despite altering his team so radically, Redknapp (pictured) felt the quality in the side meant there was no room for excuses.
"If you look at the team today, what is it? An England goalkeeper [Rob Green], a right-back from Man United [Fabio], a left-back in Armand Traore," Redknapp said.
"You've got Anton Ferdinand and Tal Ben Haim, then Esteban Granero from Real Madrid. You've got Ale Faurlin, Park Ji-sung from Man United, Jamie Mackie, Jay Bothroyd and D.J. Campbell. Surely they are entitled to beat a team from two divisions down? It tells me, like I've said all along, that I need to improve the squad."
QPR have signed Israeli centre-back Ben Haim and French striker Loic Remy in the January transfer window to date and more new arrivals could now be on the cards.
"I gave them a chance today because they knocked on my door and said they should be playing and other people told me they are all good players," he said. "Well, they got their chance today and they blew it."
A fourth-minute own goal by Traore put MK Dons ahead and the underdogs ran away with the game through further goals from Ryan Lowe, Ryan Harley and Darren Potter before Bothroyd and Fabio belatedly replied for QPR.
"We felt we could come here and get a result," said MK Dons manager Karl Robinson. "Getting into the fourth round was a little bit of history for us and now the fifth round makes it a little more special."